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The feathers of a young Laughing Kookaburra are intricately ornate.

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The Apostlebird is a mud-nest builder like the White-winged Chough. They like to hang out in small flocks of between 6-20 and are often found along the roadsides in inland eastern Australia. They are common in woodlands and scrublands, particularly she-oaks (casuarina stands) and come down to walk on the ground in search of food. They are normally around 29-32cm.

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The Red-browed Finch is an olive-backed Firetail with a red eyebrown, grey underparts and golden patch on the side of the neck. P1170388They are small at 11-12 cms and tend to hang out in small flocks. They like to play hide and seek in dense foliage which makes them tricky to capture.

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These cockatoos are cheeky birds and their personalities are highlighted by the hot pink eye ring of the males. When they check you out with a glint in their eye it is like they are daring you to comment on their ‘makeup’.

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These silhouettes are of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, feeding at sun-up on she-oaks. The she-oak ‘needles’ are actually long super thin leaves resembling pine needles. When they drop they can form an impenetrable mat that stops other plants growing, the mat is soft and cushiony underfoot and very comfortable to sit on.

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Yellow robins are dumpy, yellow-breasted robins that tend to perch on low branches, watching for prey on the ground. The Eastern Yellow Robin is 15 cm and is common in forests, woodlands and well planted gardens in eastern and south-eastern Australia.

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Treecreepers are mostly spotted climbing trees where they look for invertebrates under the bark,  in between they scuttle along the ground to feed. They favour dry forests, woodlands and fallen timber, an apt description of the location this one was spotted in in north-west NSW. The Brown Treecreeper is one of the larger varieties reaching up to 16 cms, they nest in grass-lined hollows and lay 2-3 freckled and streaked pinkish eggs.

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Finches are small seed-eating birds with a strong bill for crushing seeds. The Double-barred  Finch gets its name from two black bars on its breast. It is only 10 cm and like all finches moves with lightning speed so they are difficult to spot and even more difficult to capture as they rarely come out of a bush into the open. They are common in open woodland in north and north-east Australia but this is the first time I have spotted one. It was a weekend birding trip 4 hours from home near Tenterfield, in the north-west of NSW, and there was quite a community of finches darting around a discarded nest in a low tree.

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